Women's track takes multiple first- and second-place finishes

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

OREM, Utah ­– The women’s track and field team ended with multiple first- and second-place finishes Friday at the one-day UVU Invitational at Hal Wing Track and Field.

“I felt like a lot of our girls did really well today,” throw coach Niklas Arrhenius said. “There were impressive marks and finishes throughout all the events. The local competition is always great for the athletes. A lot of girls get to compete, and most of them know each other, so it’s always fun.”

The Cougars’ top performances came from Taylor Stapley in the high jump and Aubrey Hale in the 100-meter dash. Stapley finished first with a height of 1.67m. Stapley also competed in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, finishing second with a time of 14.27. Andee Shelton competed along side Stapley in the 100 hurdles finishing fourth overall in 14.65.

Hale finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.99. Teammate Arlene Gowar finished .01 seconds behind Hale with a time of 12.00.

Rachel Fisher and Melissa Keltner both finished second in the pole vault (3.80m) and the triple jump (11.42m), respectively.

In the 400 hurdles, Angela Shields and Allysa Hansen placed second and third with times of 1:00.87 and 1:01.35, respectively.

Results from the UVU Invitational can be found at runnercard.com.

Meanwhile in Stanford, Calif., the distance runners competed in the first day of the Stanford Invitational. Due to the number of participants at the meet, most events were scored in individual sections.

In the 5,000-meter race, Natalie Shields placed ninth overall in section 4 with a time of 16.55.33.

In the 1,500-meter run, Candace Eddy Carlisle finished fourth in section 4 with a time of 4:25.40. In section 6 of the 1,500m Sarah Yingling placed second (4:26.02), Rachel Stewart placed sixth (4:30.53), and Ashleigh Warner placed 13th (4:45.54). In section 7, Jessica Hilton and Laura Young placed second and fifth, respectively. In section 3, Kelsey Brown place 10th with a time of 4:28.23.

The distance runners continue competition at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.

Results for the Stanford Invitational can be found at gostanford.com.